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  • adjective Excessively subtle.


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over- +‎ subtle


  • This however is a non-technical approach to logic, grounded in essentials, in contrast to the sterile conundrums and oversubtle analyses enjoyed by some of Epictetus 'contemporaries.


  • The first one fritters away time in oversubtle line-drawing.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Lastly, concerning the disdain to receive into natural history things either common, or mean, or oversubtle and in their original condition useless, the answer of the poor woman to the haughty prince who had rejected her petition as an unworthy thing and beneath his dignity, may be taken for an oracle: "Then leave off being king."

    The New Organon

  • Its caricature of the senator is close enough to the oversubtle reality to strike a chord but it suggests, as the candidates start cramming and rehearsing for the debate, that the encounter could work to the Democrat's advantage if he manages to come across as strong and steady to voters worried about the Iraq commitment: those, that is, who are worried enough to pay attention.

    The View from the Heartland

  • It seems oversubtle to charge me with "squeamishness" when I have admitted to finding Miss Blais's horror stories "ludicrous."

    Exorcising Demons

  • The metaphysicians were oversubtle in spinning “cobwebs of learning” out of their own sub - stance, absurd in clothing in elaborate philosophical jargon what was obvious to common sense.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The conversations in this book have often quite unexpected turns of humour, and are filled with oversubtle questions of casuistry and curious reasonings.

    Essays on Russian Novelists

  • It is the oversubtle man who makes the most egregious mistakes, because most of us have not time to be subtle.

    The Grey Lady

  • Through oversubtle and even fraudulent construction of law, he said, much wrong was committed (De officiis I.



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